mass incarceration

Esther Honig

After more than a hundred years of producing milk, meat and produce, this fall marks the last season for Ohio’s prison farms. State prison officials surprised many people earlier this year when they said they planned to shut down all 10 prison farms by the end of 2016. It might have been unexpected, but the decision follows similar moves in other states.

Voting With Inmates At The Franklin County Jail

Nov 8, 2016
Esther Honig / WOSU

At the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike, Lieutenant Lee VanDette walks me through a maze of cinder block halls.

"If you see people wearing blue shirts and tan pants," VanDette says, "those are inmates."

Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy

Jul 24, 2014


You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that's not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we'll examine the role of the victim in Ohio's criminal justice system. We'll look at  rise of the victims' rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.


Mass Incarceration: Ohio's Recidivism Rate

Jul 17, 2014

10 am

In the latest installment of our series on mass incarceration, we'll examine recidivism-- the rate at which prisoners return to prison. Ohio's rate is lower than the national average, which experts attribute to improved risk assessment, case management and transitional programs. We'll talk about what's working and what's not, this hour.


10 am

Despite the steady drop in crime, incarceration rates have risen over the past 30 years, and the US rate is far above many other democracies in the world. The costs of imprisonment are alarming: almost a quarter-trillion dollars a year, all told, and the social price is just as steep. This hour we'll discuss how we reached this point, and where solutions might lie.


11:00 At first glance, a get-tough-on crime policy seems like a no-brainer. But stiffer penalties for smaller crimes means more people end up doing time, leading to fiscal and political consequences. This hour we'll look at America's disproportionate penal system and examine the  relationship between laws and crime rates over the last forty years. Guests